In light of Demi Lovato’s recent personal troubles, I find that it’s nice to utilise Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam as a way of looking back at better times.
In this way, we can allow the cheesy musical numbers (see Can’t Back Down), the sudden explosions of choreography (Brand New Day) and the corny relationship arcs followed by Mitchie and Shane, as well as Nate and Dana (Wouldn’t Change A Thing and Introducing Me, respectively), sweep over us and numb that inking of pain we feel for one of our favourite and most talented young Disney stars as she soldiers on - with a heroic amount of confidence and support, I might add.
The Jonas Brothers take on greater roles in this sequel, with Nate (Nick Jonas) and Jason (Kevin Jonas) joining Shane (Joe Jonas) at Camp Rock for the summer and going through individual storylines. As the kids and their friends are now the eldest group of ‘Camp Rockers’, they graciously come to the camp’s rescue and don their new Camp Counsellor caps when too many of the adult staff leave to work for their new neighbour, Camp Star. What follows is dogged determination, head-butting, and a stellar showdown (plus, a bit of Romeo-and-Juliet-ness).
Upon inserting the Camp Rock: The Final Jam - Extended Edition DVD, you may view the disk in either English, Spanish, Italian or Portuguese. Then the DVD’s main menu alone had me captivated for about ten minutes (though I am pretty easily entertained). It’s this lovely slideshow of cast images that was presented smoothly and in a very aesthetically pleasing manner. Kudos to you, Camp Rock. Also, cue It’s On by Demi Lovato and the movie’s cast and you’ve got a catchy tune too. But, you know, when you get past that, there are some actual special features included on the DVD.
While listening to Nick Jonas sing Introducing Me, you can browse through the menu and choose to watch the ‘Rock-Along’ (think Camp Rock karaoke) or one of the three music videos included. The DVD’s set up, accompanied by Brand New Day from the soundtrack, gives you the option of listening to the movie in three different languages, and viewing the subtitles in five - including English for the hearing impaired.
The option of Disney’s ‘Fast Track’, which allows us to roll straight through the film and special features with just one easy click of a button, also presents itself before and with the main menu.
As Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam has been out for a few months now, you have probably either seen or bought it. If you haven’t bought it but you have seen it, may I suggest you buy it anyway? I’ve had that main menu montage on a loop the entire time that I’ve been writing this..
And if you haven’t seen it, go get it! (It may be worth buying this simply for the opportunity to stay tuned to the credits for some Camp Rock Cousellors’ bloopers.)
Now, don’t get me wrong, there were definitely some cringe-worthy moments (let’s not even begin to discuss Matthew ‘Mdot’ Finley..) but overall, I’m more than happy to sit down for an hour or two and indulge myself with a good Disney flick that a) has musical numbers, b) stars cute couples and a first kiss, c) sometimes dances, d) makes me laugh, and e) ends happily.
You can find Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam at just about any store that you’d usually buy DVDs from. But if - for some reason - you have trouble finding it, you can just buy it online from Amazon.com. :)
Kerri and Eva.
Ps. Thank you to Mandy from Porter Novelli for the images, which are just wonderful. :)
i promised you all a camp rock 2 review, and that our friends at porter novelli were kind enough to send us a copy of the film (based soley on it being reviewed)!
i am so sorry that it’s been so long since i made that promise.
i’ll get on to posting the review asap.
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Recent polls show that there might yet be hope for the future after all.
Ps. If you’re a homophobe, you shouldn’t
read this be on this blog.
Pps. But if you are reading this, this beautiful one is just for you:
I forgot to tell yoooouu.
I was supposed to go to a protest rally for marriage equality that marched through town today, but I couldn’t because of the work nat got me to do.
I was devastated.
I’d been looking forward to the march for weeks. :’(
(Before starting the twenty-one hour stint.. and in one of my sister’s shirts.)
I (very unexpectedly) helped my sister and her partner out with their work last night - they shoot the photos that are taken at most formals and graduations.
So, I was working 5pm - 3am, and then my sister told me I’d be doing some work in the office today too, so I was doing data input from 10am - 2pm.
That actually doesn’t sound too bad when you write it out.. except somehow, I only managed to get three, maybe four hours of sleep, so I’m pretty exhausted.
So no blogging from me this evening, I’m sorry.
I’ll be back tomorrow - we all know I can’t stay away for long.
Did I forget to mention that the Vampire Diaries soundtrack is now available?
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Stefan’s Theme - Michael Suby.
2. Running Up That Hill - Placebo.
3. Currency Of Love - Silversun Pickups.
4. Hammock - Howls.
5. Sleep Alone (909s In Dark Times Mix) - Bat For Lashes.
6. Bloodstream (VD Remix) (2010 Digital Remaster) - Stateless.
7. We Radiate - Goldfrapp.
8. Under The Stars - Morning Parade.
9. Head Over Heels - Digital Daggers.
10. Down - Jason Walker.
11. Beauty In The Dark (2010 Digital Remaster) - Mads Langer.
12. Cut - Plumb.
13. All You Wanted - Sounds Under Radio/Alison Sudol.
14. The Fellowship - Smashing Pumpkins.
15. On Melancholy Hill - Gorillaz.
16. 1864 - Michael Suby.
I’ve got a heap of songs that have been featured in the show, and they’re all brilliant. The show is making a name for itself as far as soundtracks go.
So yeah, I’d definitely recommend this album. ;)
i haven’t been interested in reading for months, which is really very odd for me. as a kid, i was always teased by relatives for constantly having my nose in a book.. though i wasn’t surprised - my entire family reads almost manically. there are piles of books in every room, lining the walls (we’ve no room for bookshelves in this rented house).
but i just haven’t been able to concentrate or follow a story diligently, so i was giving it a break.
but lately, i’ve felt like reading old books again and again. nothing new or different, only those that i’ve read several times before.
i think i’ve been finding comfort in their familiarity. it feels like i’m revisiting old friends, or thinking back on memories. reliving grief or experiencing joy all over again.
it’s making me very happy to be passionate about reading like this again. :)
I sit, motionless as tears tread down my face, facing a setting sun.
Back against the wall, I feel the cold breeze drift over me; around and through.
I could sit here vulnerable and alone, for the cold knows no boundary as it sweeps across every inch of my skin, tender and loving.
A warm embrace from the cold night’s air.
I think to shiver but the beauty in this one moment is enough for peace to steal the sensation of discomfort.
I see myself from afar and the last moments of light, of warmth, glisten on my cheeks. The sun tracks the movement of my unexplained sadness and the chill in the air retires to mourning.
As if by some sharp blow, these tears arrived and surprised me. But they were meant for this moment and so the cold kisses them away.
I am forgiven.
Is it wrong that I love her even more for using the word enterprise in a sentence?
For those of you who don’t know me very well, I find that I need two significant releases in order to get through the days without getting overly angry, frustrated or sad. The first release is music, which I take care of well. The second is writing, which is why I have a series of Little Black Books (LBBs) - in these are reminders, appointments, dates (I have a terrible memory), as well as lyrics, quotes and little written pieces that I sometimes pour out.
Anyway, I’ve been doing my best of late to frequently post things on here that I think will interest as well as entertain you all, but recently I’ve had a request to post more of my writing.
As far as I’m aware, none of you follow k&e to read my LBB scribblings, but I was hoping that you could just skip over whatever you’re not interested in - that way I can post something to make everyone (and myself) happy..
Ps. If you have something you want to share, a question, or you just want to have a chat, I love hearing from you. Just head on over to the ask box. :)
You can now purchase wands based on the designs featured in the Harry Potter movies, that shoot infrared beams at each other.
Consider a game of laser tag.
Now imagine playing that using a wand as your fucking weapon!
Excuse my language, but how cool!
As one casts a spell using their wand, the end will light up and sounds you may recognise from the films will be heard.
(You can also cast a healing charm that will take one “unit of life” from you and pass it to another player. How lovely.)
Purchase your Harry Potter Infrared Battling Wand from here; choose either Voldemort, Harry, Hermione or Ron’s!
You asked for a quick run through of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth films before you go to see Deathly Hallows: Part I.
It took longer than expected because there isn’t really an easy way to do that quickly! Haha!
Prepare yourself. ;)
And we’re both in love with the whole thing (naturally), so we’re going again on Monday to see it together.
Now you go and see it.
Off you go, right now.
Too late, you say? It’s never too late - or too early, for that matter - for Harry Potter! But what about school?! You will learn more about life and love watching Harry, Ron and Hermione than you ever will in a classroom!
Then come back so we can all chat about it and be in love together. :D
I just watched Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974 (2009) - the first of a trilogy - starring Andrew Garfield.
It was on my list, but I hadn’t intended to watch it so soon. Thank you, SBS for showing obscure films late at night! (I don’t, however, thank you for the Hungarian movie that followed, about a mental patient and her doctor in 1913 who fell in love and ended with him giving her a lobotomy).
1974 was brilliant. I mean, it was brutal - Andrew’s character, Edward Dunford, was pretty much beaten for a straight two hours - but also extraordinarily beautiful and complex. Just so, so beautiful. Some of the shots.. I was just amazed.
The movie is set in Yorkshire, which is just a lovely place but the accents are very thick. My dad’s from there and I grew up with my grandmother’s accent too, but my mum left after a few minutes because she couldn’t understand half of what was being said. So, I imagine a lot of people might have the same trouble.
If you can stick with it though, I’d definitely say that it’s worth the extra attention paid.
I can’t wait for part two, Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1980 (2009), which SBS will be showing tomorrow night. :) I may also have a bit of a search and get my paws on the books because I am sure they would be a fantastic read.